Our Willie, Or, Home Teaching

Our Willie, Or, Home Teaching

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...Blessed is the memory that they leave behind them. Blessed, even amid their weeping, are the parents and relatives of these dear little ones. "The mother went her household ways--Again she knelt in prayer, And only asked of heaven its aid, Her heavy lot to bear." THE YOUNG SCULPTOR. "Youth, with pale cheek and slender frame, And dreams of greatness in thine eye! Goest thou to built an early name? Or early in thy tasks to die 1"--W. C. Bryant. It was a hot summer day, when two gentlemen, passing through the suburbs of London, paused to contemplate the plaster images of a poor Italian boy, who, overcome with heat and fatigue, had fallen asleep on the door-step where he had placed them. A little girl, neatly dressed, and carrying a bag of school-books in her hand, had also lingered for the same purpose; and a slight curl of her rosy lip and a toss of her pretty head, showed her to be no favourable critic, although she could not help pitying the poor weary Italian boy. "It is strange," said one of the gentlemen to his companion, "how little talent our English boys evince for this art. Martelli made the same remark only this morning. All his best pupils, he told me, were foreigners. Some of these figures are really good; that bust, for instance, next to the Joan of Arc." "Oh, sir! I wish you could see our Willie's figures," exclaimed a gentle voice by his side. "And who is 'our Willie '?" asked the old gentleman, turning good-naturedly towards the little girl, who coloured deeply, and hung down her head. "My brother," replied she, after a pause, during which she had somewhat recovered her self-possession. "He can model much better than any of these." "Can he?...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236879430
  • 9781236879431